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Look Fly for a Cause: The Story Behind Firehawk in CTR Nitro-Fueled

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Look Fly for a Cause: The Story Behind Firehawk in CTR Nitro-Fueled

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled joins forces with Call of Duty Endowment to help place veterans in high-quality jobs.

Hello Bandicoots! We hope you’ve had a great time with the purple dragon in the Spyro & Friends Grand Prix in CTR Nitro-Fueled. Today, in addition to all the amazing content and challenges going live with the Spooky Grand Prix, we have something very special to announce. Going live at PlayStation Store, players in the United States and the United Kingdom will be able to purchase a very special kart for CTR Nitro-Fueled — Firehawk.

This is no ordinary kart: first of all, it’s actually modelled after a classic military plane. The first ever plane in CTR! Second, this item supports the mission of the Call of Duty Endowment — all proceeds received by Activision for this item will go toward placing Veterans in the U.S. and Ex-Forces in the U.K. into high-quality civilian jobs. It’s a way to look fly on the racetrack, while supporting a great cause!

We wanted to give PlayStation players an in-depth look at the Call of Duty Endowment and the work that it does, as well as some inside details on the creation of the kart itself. With that, let’s take flight!

Call of Duty Endowment

The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization supported by Activision Blizzard, whose goal is to put 100,000 former military members back to work by 2024. All Activision proceeds received for Endowment-marked items in its games goes toward funding non-profits in the U.S. and U.K. which place veterans in those countries into high-quality civilian jobs. Founded in 2009, the Endowment has helped to place over 60,000 veterans into well-paying jobs to date. The Endowment carefully selects the organizations it chooses to fund, ensuring that these organizations deliver the highest standards of quality and cost-efficient veteran job placement services.

At Beenox, we’re incredibly excited to be able to support the Endowment and its mission with Firehawk. What makes this even more special is that this is the first in-game Endowment item offered for a game other than Call of Duty.

Firehawk is going live at PlayStation Store today for U.S. and U.K. players for $4.99 USD (£3.99). As mentioned, all of the proceeds received by Activision for this item will go directly toward helping place veterans in the U.S. and U.K. into high-quality jobs. But beyond supporting a great cause, this item also immediately became one of Beenox’s favorite items we’ve ever created for the game!

Firehawk’s Design

This item is definitely a unique one for CTR Nitro-Fueled. First off, it’s the first plane to come to the game (Oxide’s Hovercraft notwithstanding). We’ve been looking for the right time to put a plane design in the game, and we felt this was a great opportunity to do it. Although it acts like a kart in the game, its design is reminiscent of a classic military plane. From its early stages, we had a good idea of how we wanted to proceed with the item. Below is some concept art which landed very close to the final design:

With the dark green paint job, the big front propeller, and even the outlandish nose art, we wanted to give fans that classic WWII-era feel. And of course, we cap it off with the Call of Duty Endowment emblem near the tail. We are very happy with the way this translated to the game.

(By the way, the plane matches perfectly with the Aviator Crash skin for anyone that has it…)

Overall, we think racers are going to look great gliding, sliding, and boosting around the track in this kart, and knowing that it’s something that is going toward a good cause only makes it that much better. It’s something we hope that players young and old will enjoy and will even help them learn more about the Call of Duty Endowment and the great work that it’s doing. If you’d like to learn more about the Endowment, visit its website, or follow it on Twitter at and Instagram .

Thank you for reading about this great initiative, and for taking a look at the Firehawk kart! Find it at PlayStation Store and support a great cause!

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13 Comments

  • That’s really cool but also kind of high for just one kart. Btw when is Beach N.Trance going to be put back in the Pit Stop. It’s the only skin I’m missing and it hasn’t shown up in months.

  • rafael_martines

    Would be nice if we could change the colors as well

  • It would be nice to have one, seeing I already paid for it and didn’t receive it. I also was in top 3% in Grand Prix leaderboard and didn’t receive champion cart. All I can say is “broken promises”.

  • eduardocool206

    Hi! I love CTR but, in the last grand prix I finalised in the top 5% and I din’t received the spyro design for the champion kart, I hope you help me, thanks

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  • LucinaTanaka

    Hello, it’s a pleasure to greet you. I only have one question. Will the Firehawk kart be available for Mexican accounts? I would like to get it

  • So, anyone living outside the UK and the USA gets a big fat Middle finger in the face.

    TANKS FOR NOTHING.

    It would be nice if we could buy it outside those two countries.
    It’s super cool, even without modding, but cant.
    Even though we don’t have anything with those veterans all money should be welcome.

    So again, Tanks for the middle finger.
    Now i kinda wish i didn’t spend money on the game.

    • Also stoppes reading on the whole whatever you wanted to say on that help veterans with a call of dooty project. Because i can’t buy it, so not interested

      Sorry soldiers and veterans.
      I gess you don’t need my money.
      Which you obviously do need.
      Hence this fundraiser.

      PLEASE RELEASE THIS KART

  • OkamiWolf2006

    Not available in Canada so meh. The kart is a nice tribute to the P-40 aircraft, though I don’t quite understand how a job placement program is even a “charity”. When it comes to pilots, I highly doubt anyone certified to fly an F-16 or F-18 needs the help of a charity to land a job in civil aviation. Why not help people who have little or nothing at all to show on their resumes?

  • asthmatic419

    Excellent kart design, and a great cause. Love that P-40 inspired look. Our countries are quick enough to send our military into harms way, but not so quick when they get home and need help. And a LOT of our veterans need help, so its great to see these types of charities. Excellent work!

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